War is crazy. War is cruel. War is unforgiving. War changes people forever. I have this strange space in me that finds it hard to celebrate today, Anzac Day, a day built on war. But how could I say a thing. I know nothing about war. I am so lucky, so gifted, so abundant because of the veterans who fought their last breath in the trenches. For me. For you. For us and our life we have today.
Today we pay tribute to all the men and women who made out county what it is today.
Today my heart shouts out even more for the original custodians of this land, the Aboriginal men and women who protected this land. To the men who stood on the frontlines arm in arm, like true brothers to protect this home. In those moments, skin held no creed, it was mateship and brothership, the things this country believes in and was born from that united us all. These men went to war thinking they would be recognised for the fight the gave, the strength they enslaved, and the prejudices they hoped would stop to create a better county built on oneness. Sadly they returned home to find none of that were true. No name was ever written, no plaque or shrine ever erected. No recognition for their hard fight for this beautiful land we reside in called Australia.
Today I honour you. Today I respect you. Today I pay tribute to you.
Thankyou to Hazel Davies who I met at Confest this year, and her vision of the dessert pea, a symbol of hope and unity to commemorate the divide these people have endured for way too long.
May the poppy and the dessert pea stand side by side on this Anzac Day to remember the fight of our beautiful Indigenous people fought for. So we could have this free and abundant life we have today on this great blessed land we call home.
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